Festive fare inspired by Isle of Capri
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CAPRI Kitchen & Bar, a fun gastro-pub in Greenside, is an exciting new addition to the culinary landscape in that area.
Basil Holiasmenos, an experienced chef and restaurateur, and Jacques Gericke, who has his own restaurant consulting company, have now pooled their talent with the creation of a restaurant that oozes charm and atmosphere. And the food is pretty awesome, too.
Capri Kitchen & Bar is fast becoming recognised for its traditional and authentic Neapolitan style home-made pizzas and its trendy cocktails. The one to try is the Pappa G which consists of Jack Daniels, Capri Kitchen & Bar, 20 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg 011 486 0871 Open seven days a week Amaretto, and burnt orange, stirred lightly and double strained over crushed ice.
The concept is inspired by the island paradise of Capri, the Italian jet-set resort, where the original Neapolitan-style pizzas are made. Here, the pasta flour is imported from Italy and the restaurant offers a variety of home-made pastas daily. The metro pizza, I am told, is meant to be shared.
A whopping 1m giant metro pizza with a selection of toppings, washed down with a jug of your favourite beer, feeds up to four people and is very well priced.
On the Sunday we visited, I was persuaded to try the lamb on a spit (R189) with all the trimmings. This is served on Sundays only but it’s wise to check first, as this is not a regular event. The menu is compact and the wine list varied. There is a range of open sandwiches and salads, and delicious starters as well. I highly recommend the fried squid heads and tzatsiki (R70). Other items here include arancini balls (R59), deep fried Brie and cranberry (R60), and pulled pork or bolognese (R65/R80).
My wife, Carla, said her beef lasagne was one of the best she had tasted. Other main course choices include dry-aged 250g sirloin (grass-fed, R150); braised lamb shoulder risotto (R135); and beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas (R85). For burger lovers, there is a grass-fed beef burger with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, in-house mustard dressing and chips (R95).
I rounded off a terrific meal with a gelato selection (R50).
All in all a day well spent on the culinary front. An added boost is the trend-setting entertainment that keeps the place rocking.
AUTHENTIC: Neapolitan-style pizzas.